Wigan Warriors have today announced three new signings for the 2022 season and beyond.
NRL prop forwards Patrick Mago and Kaide Ellis and Lebanese international winger Abbas Miski have all signed two-year contracts with the option of a third year.
Miski, 25 and formerly of Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles will join when his contract expires at London Broncos at the end of this season. Miski has played 13 games and scored 12 tries in the Betfred Championship so far this year.
Front rower Mago will join from South Sydney Rabbitohs. The 26-year-old is of Samoan descent and has previously played for North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos. He has made 34 appearances in the NRL to date, including eight in 2021, and has lost just three of 20 for South Sydney.
Australian Kaide Ellis is a former Penrith Panthers forward and will join Wigan from St George Illawarra Dragons. The 24-year-old has made 22 NRL appearances overall, including six this year.
On signing for Wigan, Abbas Miski said: “I’ve tried to play my very best at London and a couple of opportunities came up and Wigan were on my eye from the very beginning. I know how great the Club is and everything about them speaks professionalism and I wanted to be here. I jumped on the opportunity.
“I know it’s a proud Club. Everyone who I’ve spoken to from Wigan takes pride in this Club and I definitely want to be a part of that. Next year will be exciting with it being the 150th year for the Club and I’m glad to be a part of that. I can’t wait.
“I definitely have a point to prove. I have a lot to improve in my game and I feel like this is the Club to help me do that. I want to prove to myself and everyone else that I can be a consistent Super League player and I can offer something to this Club which will help us win trophies.
“The facilities at Robin Park Arena are fascinating. I’ve told all the coaches that it’s the best I’ve seen in a while. As a player, you have no choice but to improve using these facilities – there’s so much good going on here to become a better player.”
On penning a deal with the Warriors, Patrick Mago commented: “I’m very much looking forward to this opportunity at the biggest and best club in Super League. I cannot wait for the first time I pull on the jersey and give my all for the fans and this great Club.”
Kaide Ellis said: “I’m excited to be joining a successful club like Wigan with such proud history. I can’t wait to get over there put the work in, show what I can do and help deliver another trophy to the Club.”
Executive director, Kris Radlinski, said: “Abbas has been a shining light in the Championship for London this year. With the retirement of Dom Manfredi at the end of the season, we needed a player who possess similar qualities. He has a crowd favourite written all over him. Fans will warm to his game, his personality and commitment to the Club. It was so refreshing meeting such a humble guy who wants to be the best he can be.
“Kaide and Patrick will boost our young pack of forwards. At ages 24 and 26 respectively, both are big mobile athletes who are the perfect build for modern day Rugby League. Having spoken to many people in Australia and having met the guys virtually, I was immediately drawn by their desire to come and make an impact in Super League.
“These are three strong Rugby League players who will strengthen our squad next season.”